Combine Blog

Civic Code + Design Challenge

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

The City of Bloomington, BMG Hack, and the volunteers of the Combine have begun the work behind this year’s challenge! We are doing things a little differently this year. Instead of launching the challenge at The Combine as we have done in past years, the City of Bloomington will be evaluating teams before The Combine […]

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Design Case Study

Posted on Mar 21, 2019

The Combine lives and breathes the five C’s (Creativity, Capital, Culture, Code and Community). One of the biggest components is creativity and how we establish the event branding each year. The event’s brand has evolved over the years, and we have had the pleasure of working with some talented individuals to make that happen, including […]

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Meet the Volunteers: Kevin Weaver

Posted on Mar 4, 2019

Kevin has been involved in the Combine since very early on. He met some of the volunteers, heard about what they were doing, and began doing some video work. He had just quit a full-time gig, and was trying to figure out his next step, and the Combine was a great opportunity for him to […]

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Meet the Volunteers: Danise Alano-Martin

Posted on Feb 4, 2019

Danise Alano-Martin was working at the City of Bloomington as an Economic Development Director when she got involved in the very first Combine circa 2010. She was also working with the Bloomington Technology Partnership at this time. At the time, there were various tech businesses who wanted to begin an event that attracted people to […]

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IU Design Case Study

Posted on Jan 1, 2019

From the very beginning, design and creativity have always been a critical component to the Combine. We as a group decided early on to have a branding structure where a volunteer designer created a branding identity and helped evolve that identity every single year. Over time, the Combine has expressed itself in a variety of […]

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Jay Baer — Hug your haters

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

I love my mom. And my Mom loves Bloomington. But when she tells me I’m the smartest, most talented person in the world, I realize she might be a bit biased. I appreciate a regular dose of motherly love as much as the next person, but it’s important to recognize that not everyone shares your […]

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Meet the Volunteers : Katie Birge

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Katie first got involved in the Combine in 2011. She had just left her PhD program after a year, and at that time was super interested in turning factory-type towns into tech hubs. She started interning at Sprout Box, while also working part-time on the Bloomington Technology Partnership. These two experiences helped her focus on […]

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Startup community brings hometown boy back to Bloomington

Posted on Aug 17, 2018

Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Tyler Henke didn’t think he would always call Bloomington home. But now the entrepreneur not only has rooted his businesses here, but he is actively working to bring more young professionals to his hometown. “Bloomington is perfectly weird, super comfortable, and full of incredible people,” Henke said of some […]

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From Intrapraneur to Entrepreneur: Leveraging the Combine for New Career Path

Posted on Apr 6, 2018

Sometimes you have to leave a great thing to find the right thing. After six successful years as an economic development professional, Dana Palazzo recently left her position of Vice President at the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) to follow her passion in technology. Once she made the decision to pivot her career, she dove […]

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Jay Baer to speak at the Combine 2018

Posted on Apr 4, 2018

Word-of-mouth is the most effective form of marketing today, according to Jay Baer, founder of Convince & Convert, New York Times best-selling author – and Saturday Combine Mainstage presenter. “It doesn’t matter the size of your business,” said Jay. “But in order to make word-of-mouth happen, you have to do something noticeably remarkable and then […]

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